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Cushman April 1, 2015 posted by Donn

Dawn Patroller – Restored 1993 Cushman ATM 800 Utility Scooter

After Ransomes of U.K. bought Cushman Motors production continued at a lower pace, concentrating on the police and factory markets.  The 9 and 18hp OMC engines long since exhausted, the company turned to Dihatsu for their 800cc mill and automatic transmission.

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1993 Cushman Utility Scooter for sale on eBay

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The water-cooled 800cc triple pushing 27 ponies against the 650 lb. weight give the three 400-8 bias-ply tires a test.  With speeds approaching 35 mph, this Truckster is street legal.  Front cow catcher and rear bumper are ready for action.

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Retired from the Iowa City traffic department, this 1993 was treated to a full restoration, fresh navy blue over a black frame, with red wheels ( even the steering wheel ! )  New carpeting and weather seals for the cargo bay, and fresh interior.  Not so long ago, one might have seen one like this in any major city nationwide.

From the eBay auction:

We are offering a 3-wheeler ATM Police Cushman w/3cyl water cooled 27hp gas engine.  3-speed manual transmission w/ reverse.  Restored and dependable.  Comes with complete parts manuals for body/engine & even accessories. This Cushman has the complete weather protection cab, with removeable doors, and covered trunk. The performance will surprise you, it's much quicker than you expect.  Vehicle is licensed and titled for street usage.

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Since Textron brought the brand back to U.S. they have concentrated on "gator" type vehicles and a comprehensive line of golf carts.  The venerable trike is relegated to the "Tugger" factory vehicle pictured above.  The last Patrol Truckster was built in 2002, and this lovingly restored Cushman revives a bygone era of community policing.

- donn

Dawn Patroller – Restored 1993 Cushman ATM 800 Utility Scooter
Ducati March 31, 2015 posted by Donn

Cared-for Classic – 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike

The first Ducati with 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection, and water cooling, the Desmoquattro 851 was introduced in 1987.  Along with winning a lot of races and national series, continued development brought home the World Superbike Championship in 1990.  Handling improvements paved the way to subsequent wins with the 888 and 916 models.

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1992 Ducati 851 Superbike for sale on eBay

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The seriously oversquare 92 x 64mm pistons deliver 105-odd horsepower ( a lot of different figures are quoted ) at 9000 rpm, with 53 ft-lbs. torque.  Showa forks at a 24-degree rake and 94mm trail make the 851 happier in high-speed sweepers than snapping through the esses, more stable than maneuverable.  Brembo 320mm dual disks are up front, with single 240mm rear.  Showa suspension front and rear, along with 17-inch wheels from Marvic.

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This one has seen almost 15,000 miles, but a lot of TLC also, from the eBay auction:

It's time to sell the weekend morning time machine. I've owned this Ducati for several years now and have really enjoyed it. This bike really captures the spirit of the early 90's superbike era when racers like Roche and Polen were racking up race wins on similar bikes. No stories with this motorcycle sale.  I'm simply looking to find another great home for this classic Ducati and move on to other endeavors.
 
Details:

Low miles  - only 14,877

Clear title

Very nice condition - not a museum piece, but shows only minor wear

Full service October 2013 (Valves and belts, clutch inspected and cleaned clutch bearing replaced, grease and adjust steering head & swing arm bearings, electrical system check, compression leak down less than 10%)

Less than 500 miles since last service

Michelin Pilot Power tires installed recently

Motorcycle runs and rides great.

Termignoni carbon high mount exhaust

Passenger pegs and low mount Gio Ca Moto exhaust included

Please feel free to ask any questions or request additional photos before bidding

Additional parts:

Ohlins steering damper

Carbon vented clutch cover

Original owners manual & Service manual

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The body is all business and in great shape, I love the intakes on either side of the headlight.  Some years had part of the lowers painted black, extending the angle of the exhausts forward.  Owner's and shop manuals, as well as a few spares.  Along with recent tires and service, the condition indicates many happy miles for the next owner.

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-donn

Cared-for Classic – 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike
Ducati March 31, 2015 posted by Donn

Factory-built Tribute – 2009 Ducati 1000S

After the retro-styled MH900E of 2001-02, the Pierre Terblanche-led styling department had another epiphany in 2005.  The SportClassic series used the air-cooled 992cc dual-spark engine, and a steel trellis frame, with up-to-date brakes and suspension.  Most of the 2006-09 production was the naked GT1000, with single or dual seats.  The gem of the series was the 2006 Paul Smart 1000 LE, which commemorated the factory rider's 1978 Isle of Man TT win.  The Sport 1000S was made in 2007-09 in relatively low numbers and while not having the cachet of the PS, it is a rare retro sportbike.

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2009 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

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Relying on the 2-valve air-cooled 992, the Sport 1000S sends 92 hp and 67 ft-lbs. torque through a six-speed gearbox, via a smooth(er) wet clutch.  Modern 43mm upside forks are used, and the adjustable dual rear shocks ( and dual mufflers ) have a lot of retro appeal ( Paul Smart models used a single sided swingarm and exhaust ).  Brakes are dual 320mm disks in front with 4-piston calipers, and single 245mm rear disk.  The '07-08 Sports had a dual seat, but in 2009 Ducati brought back the single seat with cowl used on the PS.

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This Sport 1000S has custom turn signals, micro-blinkers smoothly installed on the front fairing, and a fender eliminator kit out back with the brake light and turn signals in an LED strip along the back of the seat cowling.  Sparks stainless steel mufflers are also added.  The fairing has the factory black with white stripe and appears excellent.

The eBay auction states:

This is the rarest of the Sport Classic range. The black Sport classic was produced only in 2009. This example is in pristine condition with all maintenance performed by Ducati Dallas, including the 7500 mile service. Includes a recently installed new Caswell coated gas tank so you never have to worry about tank expansion. Includes - Stainless Spark Exhaust, Fled LED tail light, LED Front Signals, Brown Grips, Mosfet Regulator, Brand New Pirelli Rosso tires.

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One might argue that the PS 1000LE is the rarest of them all, but any of the Sport 1000S years only amounted to a few hundred, all sweet tributes to a great era, factory-engineered with some modern amenities.  This one is from the last production year, and has had some nice care and updates.

-Donn

Factory-built Tribute – 2009 Ducati 1000S
Yamaha March 24, 2015 posted by Donn

Featured Listing: 1992 Yamaha TZR 250 SP in California

Update 3.26.2015: The seller notes that this bike has just sold in less than two days after listing on RSBFS. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Exceedingly rare in the U.S., the Yamaha TZR 250 SP (Sport Production) was inspired by the TZ250 racer and much of that technology from the racing engine followed on to the street machine.

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This 1992 TZR 250 SP was built roughly in the middle of the model's run from 1986 to 1999, with 50hp available at 10,000 rpm.  A shade over 300 lbs. fueled, it takes advantage of upside-down forks and fully adjustable rear suspension.  DeltaBox frame, brakes and tires able on a much larger bike indicate you'll run out of power or something else before you run out of handling.

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Very low mileage at 1500 km, but recently made ready for riding - the owner reports:

Health issues forces sale. I am ready to sell my bike ( never thought I would). Took it out for my last spin probably. I am having trouble with my knee and can't bend it enough to shift comfortably. Bike runs strong! Started first kick after a couple of months of sitting. IT ONLY HAS 1,529 kilometers. I recently had the Race pipes installed, pet-cock replaced, air box removed, fresh clutch plates (dry) and carbs rebuilt/re-jetted. The bike comes with the original pipes, air box and a full race cdi box for the next owner. This bike is probably one of the nicest examples of this "RARE" 23 year old bike # 406/500. Current California plates, registration, clear title and currently insured. There were only 500 made. I am asking 12,500
Has correct Vin/Registration.
Last 2 pictures show the bike with the stock pipes!

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Street legality is always a bugbear with a super special like this, but the owner reports current California title, registration, and insurance.  Asking price is $12,500, a lot for a 250, but for number 406 of 500 of a model that was never imported, unmolested and ready to rumble, it'd be worth a thought.

Interested parties can contact the seller though email.

-donn

Featured Listing: 1992 Yamaha TZR 250 SP in California
Ducati March 23, 2015 posted by Donn

…as long as it’s yellow – 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight

Capitalizing on the 900 Supersport of 1991, Ducati introduced a racier variant in 1992-98 using carbon-fiber single seat bodywork and lighter weight components, but keeping the durable 2-valve 904cc air-cooled engine.  The numbered edition ( all U.S imports were speed yellow ) is a more pure Ducati, with steering stabilizer, upswept exhaust, no passenger seat or pegs, and less compromise for long-ride comfort.

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1993 Ducati 900 Superlight for sale on eBay

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Most information about the 900SL states that much of the niceties of the 1992 were downgraded for 1993, however the vented clutch cover, aluminum swingarm, aluminum rim / magnesium hub Marvic wheels, and floating disks grabbed by gold Brembo calipers appear on this one.

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Though Ducati had incorporated DOHC and water cooling in the Superbike line, the Superlight was a handling machine with lower mass and torquey  78hp driving a 6-speed transmission.  Upside-down Showa forks and Showa rear shock were used.

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This particular bike has been more than a collector with 16,000 miles, but maybe not much recently - from the eBay auction :

22+ year old motorcycle that has not been ridden regularly (collected). Runs but should be gone through by buyer to make sure it is safe to ride if that is the buyer's intent.

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Sporting Staintune exhaust ( headers appear to have been jet-coated ) and Corbin seat, this bike's bodywork and frame look great.  There appears to be a little hangar rash on the left mirror and the headlight needs to be secured.  With new fluids, tires, and belts, it might be a great ticket to a superlative era of Ducati.

-donn

…as long as it’s yellow – 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight
Honda March 18, 2015 posted by Donn

Big Bang Theory – 1988 Honda RC30

One of the winning-est race bikes in history, the Honda RVF750 took the first three World Super Bike Championships 1988-90, the AMA Superbike, and countless endurance races and series.  It was homologated with the RC30, an exotic special built in very low numbers by Honda's racing department.

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1988 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

The V-4 750cc engine that powers the RC30 is a racer for the road, with 4-valve heads, gear-driven cams, titanium connecting rods, but most distinctively, it uses a different crankshaft and firing order.  Known as a 360-degree or big bang crankshaft, cylinders 1 & 4 fire close together, then the crank moves 270 degrees, then cylinders 2 & 3 go.  This leads to an explosive delivery of power, sounding completely different than the similar-looking engine in the VFR road bike, which fires 1-4-3-2 but with 180 degrees of crank rotation between each.  Check this Canadian RC30 fan site for the sound - http://rc30.yolasite.com/.

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After a long rest, the current owner got the bike ready to ride and sell - from the eBay auction:

This bike (and it's 15 serial number older sister shown in the last picture) has been in my collection for over 15 years, I recommissioned it last year, cleaned carburetors, checked fluids, serviced it and got it ready for rides.  Please see the pictures of the bike as it is today.  It has Mavic wheels fitted at present, either these wheels or the original wheels for the bike can be fitted for the new owner. I have the main stand. Since you are looking at this auction I do not have to tell you how rare these bikes are.

The specifications read like the race bike they are, with a twin-cradle frame, 4 downdraft carburetors, 41mm Showa forks, Pro-Link rear, twin 296m disks up front, single 256mm rear.  110 hp and 53 ft-lbs. of torque push 1st gear up to 82 mph ( 11,000 rpm ) and sixth delivers around 150 mph.  A slipper clutch relieves the possible rear wheel chatter from the big bang crank.  The transverse V-4 keeps the engine weight low in the chassis.

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Areas that will keep an owner's attention are engine cooling, brake rotor wear, and obsolete tire sizes ( though this bike has a more current set of Mavic wheels fitted ).

Only around 300 were produced for the U.S. market in 1990, this example is a Swiss import.  Many European countries received the bike in 1988-89, but only the hundreds.  Truly exotic and certainly a handful, the RC30 is a super performer with a distinctive sound.

-donn

Big Bang Theory – 1988 Honda RC30